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Listen To Older Voices : Charles Pallaghy – Part 3

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Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the...

Must love jokes: why we look for a partner who laughs (and makes us laugh)

There are many reasons why those who laugh and can make others laugh are attractive mates. Shutterstock Whether we’re looking for love or lust, we look for someone with a good sense of humour. Studies of courtship on Tinder and Facebook show that a sense of humour is the most valued quality in a potential mate. A philosophy of humour as a virtue sheds light...

Look up #happycity and here’s what you’ll find

The same things tend to make people happy-such as nature and colour. (Jardin des Curiosités, Lyon, France)  Léonard Cotte/Unsplash City planners and designers want to build cities that are liveable, healthy and smart. Yet, in the abundance of research and guidelines on how to make healthy cities, happiness seems to be missing. Research shows urban environments have an impact on our...

Listen To Older Voices : Charles Pallaghy – Part 1

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the...

The ‘right’ age to start school varies for each child

The right age for your child to start school will vary, depending on their readiness, your family situation and the readiness of the school for the child. Howard County Library System/flickr It’s that time of year again, when the noticeboard outside your local primary school is likely to read “Enrol your child for kindergarten/prep now”. But how do you know what...

Listen To Older Voices : Pat Smith – Part 3

Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of...

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

Eurydice Dixon was murdered in a busy Melbourne park - how can we make these spaces safer for women? DAVID CROSLING/AAP Image The rape and murder of aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon in an inner-city Melbourne park – while deeply shocking – is part of an avalanche of gendered violence perpetrated against women in cities every day. Nothing can protect women from the random...

Life in a herd – and why in health watching symptoms is easy, but finding causes is hard

This piece from two science communication experts explores the notion of population health – what is it, and why does it even matter? Everyone knows we should exercise more, drink less, and stop scoffing junk food. Even committed smokers know that smoking is bad for them – but change isn’t easy. The things that determine our health are complex and interwoven,...

Why breakups are so hard and how to cope with them

Most people will experience feelings of deep loss and distress after a long-term relationship breakup. from www.shutterstock.com Despite populist writings that love lasts forever, the divorce statistics across various countries tell us that anywhere between one in 25 to two in three marriages end. If these statistics were to take into account the number of nonmarital long-term relationships that end, then...

How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership – Part 1

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar An amazing 95% of us see our dogs like family, and it’s not hard to see why that is the case. For thousands of years, we have lived side by side with them, and they...

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